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Reginald Gibbons

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Reginald Gibbons is the author of Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories (University of Chicago Press, 2010).  He is the Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University, and lives in Evanston, Illinois.  

by this poet

poem
In cold 
          spring air the
white wisp- 
          visible
breath of 
          a blackbird
singing— 
          we don’t know
to un- 
          wrap these blind-
folds we 
          keep thinking
we are 
          seeing through
poem

To the futile sound
of midnight church bells,
out back someone is
rinsing her thoughts in
unfathomable
universal sky—
a cold faint glowing.
As always stars are
white as salt on the
blade of an old axe.
The rain-barrel's full,
there's ice in its mouth.